What’s going on in Rhode Island?

Not journalese, but another illustration that copy editors no longer exist. Here’s the lede sentence in a story in the Boston Globe’s “Police Blotter” column, Mar. 17, 2017: “Teacher arrested. A longtime special education teacher in Massachusetts and Rhode Island was charged Thursday with possession of child pornography by Rhode Island authorities, after they searched the teacher’s West Warwick home, Rhode Island State Police said.”

Shouldn’t those Rhode Island authorities be arrested, too? Or are they simply victims of a dangling modifier?

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